Sam Scorer

I recently came across the work of a little known english architect Sam Scorer who practiced in the 1950-60s. His practise, Denis Clarke Hall, Scorer and Bright and Partners, based in Lincoln undertook a number of County Council commissions designing schools and other public buildings in the East Midlands.

Scorer became interested in Hyperbolic paraboloid structures and in 1962 he designed the St John the Baptist church in Ermine, Lincoln. Its aluminium roof is the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid, and the building has a hexagonal floor plan and concrete walls allowing a completely column free interior.

Scorer used the same structural principle for a petrol station at Markham Moor on the south-bound A1/A57 near Retford in the late 1950s. The station in 1989 became a Little Chef but is now disused although the canopy was designated Grade II listed on 27 March 2012. Looking at the beautiful and dynamic lines of the canopy is a reminder of what is possible for roadside architecture and sadly how bland service stations have become.

Robert Onion, Chairman

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